Time for a hug with mom! Newborn gorilla enjoys a comfortable sleeping position when her proud mother Faddama cradles the child in her arms
- Gorilla Faddama, 36, gave birth to her fourth baby in the Basel Zoo in north-western Switzerland on 1 September
- Since then, the new mother has lovingly cradled her child and it is not known whether the younger is male or female
- Zookeepers said baby Makala's four-year-old sister was curious about a new arrival and gently touched the baby's head
Adorable photos have revealed a loving gorilla mother who gently cradles her small newborn baby while enjoying a comfortable sleep position.
Faddama, 36, gave birth to the cute baby on 1 September, just as the Basel Zoo in Switzerland closed for the evening. The baby is the fourth child for Faddama and her second with the 20-year-old silverback M & # 39; Tonge.
The baby's older sister, Makala, four, was particularly curious about the new arrival and would not leave her mother alone until she could gently touch the newborn with her fingers.
It is not yet clear whether the little one is a boy or a girl and it will be given a name once the gender is known. Faddama is an experienced mother and photos show that she takes care of her baby with great care.
She sees the little one hold tight against her body, as is common with gorillas. Babies are dependent on breast milk for two years and even after exploring their environment, they are still breastfed regularly.
Gorillas are threatened in the wild due to hunting and the destruction of their habitat. Their population is also threatened by civil war-like conditions and by diseases such as Ebola.
Gorilla Faddama gave birth to her little baby on September 1, just as the Basel Zoo in Switzerland closed for the evening. Since then she has been rocking the cute youngster close to her chest
It is not yet known whether the new addition in Basel Zoo, depicted with Faddama left and right, is male or female. This is the fourth baby of the gorilla after Makala, four, was born in 2015
When the baby was born, his older sister Makala, four, was particularly curious and Faddama, pictured with the newborn, would not leave alone until she was allowed to gently touch her brother or sister with her fingers
Baby gorillas depend on breast milk during the first two years of their lives and even after they have been allowed to explore their surroundings, they are still breastfed regularly. The picture shows the new baby in the Basel Zoo with a feed from Faddama
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